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Walsall Match Preview

20 September 2012

Preston North End will travel 100 miles south down the M6 motorway this weekend to face Walsall...

Team News

At home so far this season, the Saddlers have won two, drawn one and lost one of their five games at the Bescot in all competitions.

Hosts Walsall, who sit in ninth ahead of Saturday’s game, are level on points with Graham Westley’s side but will be looking to bounce back after their 3-1 defeat at Stevenage during midweek.

Confidence will be high in the camp after the 5-0 win over Hartlepool United on Tuesday night, but the North End team are fully aware of the challenge ahead on Saturday afternoon and another sizeable following is expected.

The Lilywhites will be looking for win number four in League One after a convincing start to the season, with the team currently lying in fifth.
Chris Beardsley is considered doubtful after being substituted just before half time against Hartlepool.

Paul Huntington missed Tuesday night’s game with a knock and will be assessed ahead of the game, likewise fellow defender Keith Keane.

Lee Trundle and Lee Holmes remain the only two long term absentees.

Ticket News
The Club have been allocated up to 2,000 seats in the Signs Specialists Stand. 

Prices for the game are as follows: 
Adults £21 
Seniors (Over 60s) £15  
Juniors (U18s) £15 
Wheelchair and carer (Relevant age band with carer going free) 
Ambulant and carer (Relevant age band with carer going free) 

If you wish to buy tickets on the day, prices are as follows: 
Adults £23  
Seniors (Over 60s) £17  
Juniors (U18s) £17  
Wheelchair and carer (Relevant age band with carer going free)
Ambulant and carer (Relevant age band with carer going free)

Coach prices are as follows:
Adults £16
Concessions £14

Coaches will depart Deepdale/Leyland at 11.45am

The Saddlers
After steering away from relegation last season, Walsall have started the 2012/13 campaign well and will be looking to keep their good form going as the games start coming thick and fast.

Looking for a response following Tuesday night’s defeat at Stevenage, Walsall have the likes of striker Febian Brandy up front, who had a trial at North End under Phil Brown’s tenure.

The Walsall squad list is as follows:
Grof 
Walker
Taundry
Butler
Holden 
Purkiss
George
Benning
Downing
Chambers
Taylor
Featherstone
Chambers
Cuvelier
Hemmings
Jones
Morris
Baxendale
Grigg
Paterson
Brandy
Taylor
Bowerman
Williams

The Ref
The referee for Saturday’s game between Preston North End and Walsall is Lee Collins

Mr Collins is an inexperienced and has only been refereeing since the start of last season, his first game a 1-0 win for Gillingham in League Two at home against Cheltenham.

Last season Mr Collins handed out 81 yellow cards and six reds from his 25 games in charge. The last time he refereed a Preston North End fixture was away at Colchester United, where he handed out four yellow cards.

So far this season, Mr Collins has taken charge of five games, handing out 11 yellow cards and one red.

Travel Guide
Walsall – Bank’s Stadium (Bescot Stadium)
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Follow the M6 towards Birmingham, leaving at junction 9. Then take the A461 towards Walsall. At the traffic lights turn right onto the A4148 (Wallows Lane/Broadway West - sign-posted Banks's Stadium). At the next set of traffic lights turn right onto Bescot Crescent, the stadium is along the road on the left hand side.

Distance from Deepdale - 100 miles (1hr 44min)

Trains:
Preston to Walsall cheapest advance booking return ticket

Outward:
Preston 11:17 – Wolverhampton 12:31
Wolverhampton 12:49 – Bescot Stadium 13:38

Return:
Bescot Stadium 18:34 – Birmingham New Street 18:58
Birmingham New Street 19:20 – Preston 20:59

Return ticket price for one adult: £47

The Banks’ Stadium is a short walk from Bescot Stadium station.

Food and Drink
The nearest pub to the ground is the King George V on Wallowes Lane. It is about a 15 minute walk away, opposite the Morrisons Supermarket. There is also a McDonalds on route to this pub.

The Saddlers Club situated just outside the stadium is happy to admit away supporters on matchdays on payment of a £2 entrance fee, although under 16's are admitted free. 


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